The VPAA is the chief academic officer of the
University. The vice president reports to the president and works
closely with the chancellors and provosts of the Urbana-Champaign,
Chicago, and Springfield campuses in defining and shaping strategic
academic priorities and directions for the University, providing advice
on important academic policy and budgetary issues, and supporting key
academic initiatives. The VPAA works to foster communication and
collaboration on academic matters among the campuses of the University
of Illinois system.
Units reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs include the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), the University of Illinois Press, University Academic Programs and Services (UAPS), and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
The VPAA also has responsibility for the University's relations with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), University Academic Human Resources (UAHR), and academic matters associated with online education.
The VPAA works closely with the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President for Research, and the University Senates Conference.